Name: Iacapo Ricci
School: Tussey Mountain
Athlete of the week achievement: Ricci teamed with John Clark to win the District 5-AA doubles tennis championship and also won in No. 1 singles in helping the Titans claim the District 5 team title over Somerset.
Season update: Ricci is 8-5 as a No. 1 singles player and is undefeated as a doubles player. The Titans are 11-2 and play in the PIAA first round today.
Coach Paul Brumbaugh’s quote: “He is an exchange student from Italy. He’s occupied a tough spot at No. 1 singles for us. He plays a steady game. He’s more than willing to wait out shots.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Runk
Favorite subject: Music and math
Favorite movie: “Harry Potter”
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite song: “For Good” from the musical, “Wicked”
Outside interests: Playing piano, drawing
Favorite professional team: Juventus Football Club
Favorite college team: No preference
Pro athlete most admired: Novak Djokovic
Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: John Clark
Best athlete I ever competed against: Bedford’s Sebastian Jean-Aluja
Most influential person on my athletic career: Gloria Pizzichini, coach in Italy
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the district team championship.
How I got my start in tennis: “I started two years ago. It has not been a long time. My coach in Italy was really good, and I learned pretty fast.”
Future goal: “I’d like to be a composer for piano music – be a famous musician.”